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101  My first pillowcase apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by xperimentl on: January 08, 2009 02:07:59 PM
After seeing all of the awesome garments and sewn objects on Craftster I knew I needed a sewing machine.  My best friend found a great 70's era Singer for me and now I'm testing it out with some simple projects.  I'm a total beginner, so it isn't as elaborate as most things on this board, but I'm proud of my first attempt.

King size pillowcase from thrift store turned into a half apron.  I used this tutorial, but skipped the pockets.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=123434.0

Thanks for sharing your projects and ideas.  I appreciate your comments, suggestions.
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102  Make a wish bottlecap in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by xperimentl on: January 02, 2009 03:18:19 PM
After months of making gifts for everyone else I finally had some time to make something for myself.  I made the bail using a pop tab glued on with E6000 and then covered it with felt so it wouldn't be scratchy.  I tried wearing it before the glue was completely dry and probably lost a few brain cells from the fumes.  The image from a vintage book is coated with DG3 (the new Diamond Glaze) and embellished with cheap plastic rhinestones.

The back...

I got a compliment when I was wearing it today, but I didn't tell the person that I made it because I felt like it might be tooting my own horn.  Do you ever feel like that or am I just being silly?
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103  Re: I need new ideas!--please post your homemade Christmas ornaments in Winter Holidays by xperimentl on: December 22, 2008 09:07:16 AM
A felt ornament for my beloved mail lady (with a thank you note tucked inside).

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104  Cementing my son's "teacher's pet" status in Winter Holidays by xperimentl on: December 18, 2008 03:08:06 PM
Tomorrow is the last day of school before winter vacation and I just finished the gift for my son's kindergarten teacher.  She has her hands full with the class and I don't think she gets a lot of recognition from the parents, so I hope this will make her day.  I thought I'd go with something a little less traditional (and inexpensive).  The idea came from http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/04/22/appreciation-7-days-a-week/  I just modified it a bit to my own taste.

Start with an extra large pill container...

Sunday through Tuesday...

Wednesday through Saturday ("I'm stuck on you" has magnets in it, in case it isn't clear from the picture)...

I'll wrap it up and then add this label and poem to the top...

Is this something I should remember in the future or is it too corny?
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105  Felt Strawberry Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by xperimentl on: December 16, 2008 11:55:32 AM
I made this pendant after seeing a similar one online (I'll try to give credit when I track it down again).  It's made of craft felt, the seeds are embroidered on, and it is stuffed lightly.  The pendant is about the size of a quarter.  I strung it on a white organza ribbon that I attached a toggle clasp to.  This is one of my first attempts at jewelry, so any feedback would be helpful.  Thanks!

And a shot with the clasp...

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106  Re: I need new ideas!--please post your homemade ornaments in Winter Holidays by xperimentl on: November 13, 2008 07:40:53 AM
Thanks to everyone who is posting on this thread - I love all of the ideas!  Keep 'em coming.

I thought owls would look cute poked into a Christmas tree so I looked around Craftster, Flickr and Etsy for some inspiration.  The two center owls were created using this pattern http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/2006/12/its-hoot.html.

My brother-in-law collects calaveras and Mexican art and isn't big on Christmas, so I made some special ornaments to help him get in the spirit.  I got the cool curly copper hangers at Walmart.

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107  Re: Rockin' this Obama for Debate #2 in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by xperimentl on: October 05, 2008 10:08:53 AM
I didn't want to be a total copycat, so here's what you inspired me to make, based on Shepard Fairey poster, Shrinky Dink colored with colored pencils, sealed with embossing powder, framed with aluminum tape.  Thanks punkRockPaperScissors! Grin
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108  Sonny the Sock Frog in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: October 01, 2008 04:45:22 PM
After making lots of monkeys with some fuzzy socks I found at the dollar store I decided to deviate a little bit and make a frog based on Jane Feebles' tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=116053.0  I improvised a bit and created a more pronounced mouth with the toe of the second sock.  I also thought I'd throw in a little felt goodness and make a flower for him since he's such a peace-loving little guy.

DH thinks his silver eyes are freaky, but I tried out lots of buttons from my stash and liked these the best.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking!
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109  Fuzzy Wuzzy Was A Monkey in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by xperimentl on: September 26, 2008 04:10:34 PM
Fuzzy socks at Dollar Tree = Cuddly Monkeys for Me

I've always made sock monkeys with Red Heels, thanks to all those Craftsters who inspired me to try something different.  I love the results of the soft socks and stripes, I'll have to invest some $ in some higher quality socks next time - the fuzz on these probably wouldn't survive a wash.  On the plus side, the fuzzy knit really helps to hide the stitching where you sew on the ears, arms, etc.

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110  Felt Soccer Banner in Completed Projects by xperimentl on: September 21, 2008 02:06:05 PM
My kids are playing their first season of pee wee soccer and my husband is coaching.  I wanted to make a special banner to help bring the team some spirit.  I bought a large sheet of felt at the craft store and some Easy Felt (the stiff stuff).  I used the computer to print out the names and stuck the paper on the stiff felt with double sided tape and cut around the letters.  I used a similar method for the soccer balls, cutting out separate black felt pieces for the spots and drawing the lines in with a fabric marker.  The bee outline was also cut out based on a pattern from the computer and then I drew the design in using the black fabric pen.  The pieces were glued on using Fabri-tac.  Now I just need to slide some dowels in the edges and we're ready to go.  Go Mighty Bees!

The banner (it might look navy, but is black).

Closeup of our mascot bee (a microsoft graphic)

Closeup of lettering (Benguiat Frisky font)

Closeup of soccer ball

Thanks for looking!
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